Fire dam­ages lob­ster hold­ing fa­cil­ity, de­stroys yard full of gear

Two fire­men were in­jured but ul­ti­mately re­leased from hos­pi­tal

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - KATHY JOHN­SON THECOASTGUARD.CA

“Dam­age to the build­ing was in the eaves and some of the re­frig­er­a­tion equip­ment. A lot of the lob­ster cages and tubes were de­stroyed.”

A lob­ster hold­ing fa­cil­ity at West Head wharf on Cape Sable Is­land and a yard full of gear was dam­aged and de­stroyed on Nov. 24, af­ter a fire to burn garbage got out of con­trol in high winds and quickly be­came an in­ferno.

The fire broke out at about 10:30 a.m. Plumes of black smoke bil­lowed hun­dreds of feet in the air from plas­tics burn­ing in the fire, which soon spread to the roof and eaves of Long Point Lob­ster and Seafood Ltd.

The fire was quickly knocked down and away from the build­ing once the Is­land and Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage Fire De­part­ment ar­rived on the scene. Two fire­men were in­jured when they lost con­trol of a high-pres­sure hose and were taken to hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance. They were re­leased af­ter be­ing checked out.

Fire­fight­ers from the Woods Har­bour/ Shag Har­bour and Bar­ring­ton/Port LaTour vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments also re­sponded to the scene.

Is­land Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage Fire Chief Dwayne Hunt said fire­fight­ers were on the scene for about two and a half hours.

“The crews did an ex­cel­lent job stop­ping the spread of fire to the build­ing,” he said. “Dam­age to the build­ing was in the eaves and some of the re­frig­er­a­tion equip­ment. A lot of the lob­ster cages and tubes were de­stroyed.”

The fire was the third one vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton have had in 72 hours.

“My fire­fight­ers are hop­ing for a break from all these calls,” said Hunt. “It has been a long, hard week.”

The fire also came hours af­ter a de­ci­sion was made to de­lay the start of the LFA 33 and 34 fish­eries. The start to the sea­sons, which were to get un­der­way on Mon­day, Nov. 26, were de­layed due to fore­casted wind and will open at week’s end.

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